2 September 1910

America’s first woman airplane pilot, Blanche Stuart Scott. (George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress)

2 September 1910: After receiving flight instruction from Glenn Curtiss, Blanche Stuart Scott (1885–1970) became the first woman in the United States to fly an airplane when she made a solo flight in her biplane at Lake Keuka Field, Hammondsport, New York. She became a professional pilot and was a test pilot for Curtiss. She was the first woman to fly in a jet aircraft when she accompanied Chuck Yeager aboard a Lockheed TF-80C (redesignated T-33A), 6 September 1948.

© 2015, Bryan R. Swopes

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